New International Version
because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
King James Bible
Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
Darby Bible Translation
For law works wrath; but where no law is neither [is there] transgression.
World English Bible
For the law works wrath, for where there is no law, neither is there disobedience.
Young's Literal Translation
for the law doth work wrath; for where law is not, neither is transgression.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Because the law worketh wrath - For law νομος, any law, or rule of duty. No law makes provision for the exercise of mercy, for it worketh wrath, οργην, punishment, for the disobedient. Law necessarily subjects the transgressor to punishment; for where no law is - where no rule of duty is enacted and acknowledged, there is no transgression; and where there is no transgression there can be no punishment, for there is no law to enforce it. But the Jews have a law, which they have broken; and now they are exposed to the penal sanctions of that law; and, if the promises of pardon without the works of the law, do not extend to them, they must be finally miserable, because they have all broken the law, and the law exacts punishment. This was a home stroke, and the argument is unanswerable.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibrarySeptember 24. "He Calleth Things that are not as Though they Were" (Rom. Iv. 17).
"He calleth things that are not as though they were" (Rom. iv. 17). The Word of God creates what it commands. When Christ says to any of us "Now are ye clean through the word which I have spoken unto you," We are clean. When He says "no condemnation" there is none, though there has been a lifetime of sin before. And when He says, "mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds," then the weak are strong. This is the part of faith, to take God at His Word, and then expect Him to make it real. …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone's account where there is no law.
What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "You shall not covet."
I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.
1 Corinthians 15:56
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
2 Corinthians 3:7
Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was,
For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law."
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